The Knicks made an immediate impression in free agency earlier this summer when the franchise signed former Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson to a four-year, $104 million deal.
New York was added to the leadership of free agency from Brunson, with many around the league speculating that he would end up with the Knicks once free agency opened.
Sure enough, Brunson signed in New York, and now the NBA has decided to launch an investigation into the Knicks and Brunson tampering with their signings, Per Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. The NBA is reviewing the transaction to see if any contact between the Knicks and Brunson was done prior to the legal loophole period at the start of free agency.
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The NBA molestation investigation is the second such case uncovered in the past week. The NBA is also reviewing a series of signings currently done by 76 people associated with James Harden, PJ Tucker and Danielle House.
The league strengthened its stance against tampering in 2019, as decision makers targeted harsher penalties against early contact made between free agents and potential teams.
While it remains to be seen whether the Knicks or the 76ers violate the tampering rules for their free agent classes, it will be interesting to see what the penalties are if the league’s CBA is found to be in breach of the rules.
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